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Littleton Cop Guilty of Ecstasy Dealing

Last July, when Littleton police officer Jeffrey Johnston was arrested on drug charges, the extent of the problem wasn’t known. Johnston is a 22-year veteran of the police force, so questioning his integrity wasn’t a popular position to take. Now, after a guilty plea on October 28, the cat’s out of the bag.

Johnston was accused of, among other things, having wild parties in his home with cocaine, steroids and prescription pills available. But in an arrangement with prosecutors, Johnston pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute ecstasy and a charge of being an unlawful user of drugs while possessing a gun. Court filings show that Johnston was ratted out by an undercover FBI informant who had attended one of the parties at Johnston’s home.

The informant set up the ecstasy buy – 75 pills for $1,300 – and this led directly to the arrest. The FBI taped the whole transaction and then raided Johnston’s house for good measure.

Sentencing for the crimes won’t be until next year, but Johnston could get up to 30 years in prison, along with fines of up to a million dollars.

The case raises questions that might never be answered. With more than two decades on the force, did Johnston just recently turn to the drug lifestyle, or has he been on the wrong side of the law for some time? And why would a man who has dedicated so much of his life to enforcing the law, abandon it over drugs?

There was no report that Johnston was addicted to anything – sometimes an explanation for cops crossing the line. So we don’t know if it was just the excitement of taking the risks or a simple disregard for the law. We don’t know if he thought he was in a position to flout the very laws he was sworn to uphold. The bottom line is that he will lose all the gains he’s made, moving from respected cop to convict, with loss of pension and privileges.


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